First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today announced a one-off payment for Scotland’s lifesavers and care-givers on the frontline throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
A pro rated payment of £500 will be made as soon as is practicable to all NHS and social care workers employed since 17 March 2020 – including staff who have had to shield, or who have since retired.
This investment of around £180 million will see over 300,000 staff gain some benefit from this bonus, including nurses, porters, doctors, primary care staff, homecare workers, care home staff, hospice staff and residential child care staff.
The pro rata £500 bonus scheme, which will be funded from the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 support package, applies to employees employed since March 17, for:
All NHS Employees, including:
- staff who have been active in the NHS since 17 March 2020 but who have since left NHS employment, including retirees
- staff who accepted and worked on temporary contracts since 17 March to aid pandemic response but who have since left NHS employment, including students who worked under temporary contracts but who have since returned to University
- staff covered by the Two Tier Agreement
- General Practitioners and their practice teams, including 2C practices
Staff providing NHS services under independent contractor arrangements including:
- GP surgery staff
- NHS Dental surgery staff
- NHS pharmacy services staff
- NHS optometry staff
Staff working in Adult Social Care including:
- Care home staff
- Homecare staff
- Palliative care/hospice staff
- Adult Personal Assistants
- Social care staff in residential child care settings
- Social Workers (including those working with children and families and in criminal justice)